Year Four Courses

SURG 712 - Endocrine Surgery Acting Internship


Credits: 5


Program Directors:

  • Brian Saunders, M.D.


Administrative Coordinator:

Vanessa Galvan



Third year core clerkships.


Maximum Number of Students:



When Offered:

All Rotations


Length Of Course:

1 month



Hershey. 7:30 a.m., Room C4630



An in-depth experience involving the medical and surgical management of endocrinological disorders. Special projects are encouraged.


Course Objectives:

1. To solidify the basic knowledge of surgical diseases and trauma acquired during the third year clerkship. This involves the evaluation of patients in the Emergency Department, the Surgical Intensive Care unit and on the wards.
2. To expand the fund of knowledge acquired during the third year clerkship, including pathophysiology, anatomy, and surgical principles.
3. To expand the recognition of clinical presentations of a variety of surgical diseases and develop a broad differential diagnosis.
4. To critically design an appropriate diagnostic plan to rule in or rule out diseases in the differential diagnosis.
5. To know the medical and surgical options to treat surgical diseases and trauma.
6. To understand the principles of evidence based therapeutic options for patients with surgical diseases and trauma patients.
7. To assume the care of several patients with a variety of surgical diseases, to observe the course of the disease and how it is modified by medical or surgical intervention.
8. To assume the total care, as appropriate, of patients initially seen in the clinic or Emergency Department and admitted to the hospital: attending to their needs, developing rapport with them, being with them in the operating room and participating in their disposition at discharge.
9. To further develop interpersonal skills with patients, students, residents, and faculty.
10. To understand the financial aspects and ramifications of surgical intervention and the concept of "best practice".


Additional Information:

Report To:

Gordon L. Kauffman, Jr., M.D.